Sleight of hand at the UN

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2012 at 03:08


Yesterday’s ill-considered decision by 138 nations of the UN General Assembly to extend non-member observer status to the Palestinian National Authority touched off celebrations throughout Gaza. That is because Hamas, not the Palestinian people, emerged as the  clear winner.

Misrepresenting himself as the leader of the Palestinian people, Mahmoud Abbas solemnly told delegates that, “The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: Enough of aggression, settlements and occupation.”

He went on to assure the Assembly that he “came to launch a final serious attempt to achieve peace,” then demanded nothing less than “the realization of [the Palestinian people’s] inalienable national rights in their independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on all the land of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, which Israel occupied in the June 1967 war, in conformity with the resolutions of international legitimacy and with the achievement of a just and agreed upon solution to the Palestine refugee issue in accordance with resolution 194, as stipulated in the Arab Peace Initiative which presented the consensus Arab vision to resolve the core the Arab-Israeli conflict and to achieve a just and comprehensive peace.”

First, it must be clearly understood that Mahmoud Abbas is no more the representative of the Palestinian people than Yassir Arafat was.

At present, Mahmoud Abbas is leader of nothing. He was elected president of the Palestinian National Authority in 2005 on the Fatah ticket, and his term ended in 2009. On his own authority, he extended his term for another year. Since then, he has neither legitimate authority nor standing.

In 2006, Hamas defeated Fatah for rule over Gaza. And if an election was held in the West Bank today, Hamas would win a landslide victory over Mahmoud Abbas, as evidenced by celebration throughout the West Bank after Hamas terrorists launched hundreds of missiles into Israel, murdering innocent citizens.

Nor is Mahmoud Abbas authorized to speak for the 1.3 million Palestinians still living in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza.

A question I have posed many times before is, which Palestinian State is Mahmoud Abbas talking about? The Palestine of the West Bank or the Palestine of Gaza, isolated from one another by culture, politics, the Negev Desert, and thirty miles of Israel?

The UN also would have done better to take another look at the pre-1967 borders, which they treat as though the Six-Day War was micro-imperialism on the part of Israel.

In the summer of 1967, Israel was surrounded and ridiculously outnumbered by enemies who joined forces to drive every Jew into the sea, joking that they hoped the fish were hungry.

But these massive, heavily-equipped armies lost both their dignity and the war, leaving Israel in control of the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza, the Golan Heights, and the West Bank—not as a land grab, but as a reasonable and necessary defense against another genocidal attack.

Even so, twelve years later, nearly two years after Egyptian President Anwar Sadat came to Israel with a sincere offer of peace, Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.

But Sadat was assassinated and Hosni Mubarak was overthrown, and today, Egypt is in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, leaving Sinai an open corridor for weapons into Gaza. Iranian weapons—Grad and Fajr-5 missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, and shoulder-held anti-tank missiles—are built in Sudan by Iran or shipped to Sudan from Iran. From Khartoum, the weapons are taken overland through eastern Sudan, into Egypt, up through Sinai, and into Gaza through a warren of tunnels. Totally unopposed by Egypt!

It is important to remember, too, that Israel did the same thing with Gaza as with Sinai. In 2006, Israel pulled out of Gaza entirely, even arresting their own settlers who refused to leave and exhuming their dead from the cemeteries. All for the promise of peace.

The fruit of both concessions was evident a week ago when Hamas extremists in Gaza used weapons smuggled to them through Egypt to attack Israelis. Just as they did throughout two intifadas, Hamas jihadis fired missiles from heavily populated areas, using their own people, including many children, as human shields. As the smoke rose and the corpses were dug out of the debris, they wept and wailed and used the deaths for fundraising. But the blood of those precious Palestinian children is not on the hands of Israel; it stains the hands of Hamas.

And now the wisdom of the international community is for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank as well? Israel’s enemies failed to shoot it, so now they are trying to force it to commit suicide. This will never happen.

Tomorrow is the deadline by the “Quartet” (US, UN, EU, and Russia) for Israel and Palestine to present a timeframe for agreement over territory and security. But the ploy by Mahmoud Abbas at the UN, a move to edge Israel out of the process—combined with the power grab by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan—could prove to be a shot below the waterline that will sink the fragile peace process altogether.

  1. Thanks for this perspective. Praying for your safety as you risk much to speak the truth.

  2. Are you saying the same thing in Arabic?

    • thank you for speaking sincerely and with wisdom and knowledge. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem may they prosper who love her. love your enemies. pray for those who persecute you. count all things rubbish save for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord . Amen

    • Give that crap a rest already. He already explained his stance: read about it. Mosab has saved far more Israeli lives and Palestinian lives than you or anybody else. He risked everything.. He’s a hero

  3. Very well said.

  4. Very well said, Mosab.

  5. Well written and analyzed.

  6. As a Christian,I would like to highlight this verse from the Bible.Jesus said these words because many in Israel did not believe in His message.

    Luke 19:41-44
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

    41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

  7. I deeply appreciate your editorial. Having grown up and participated in the machinations of Hamas, your insight is invaluable.
    History is really very important concerning Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem.. Israel is a very small country and they can’t continue to give away land for a transient and fickle peace. I don’t see the UN insisting that other countries cede their land for peace and there are a number of conflicts in other countries. Giving away their land hasn’t worked before, why should we believe it would bring peace now?
    You also alluded to the fact that the conflict is also a proxy war. Iran doesn’t have any particular love for the Palestinian Arabs, but they sponsor Hamas our of their spite of Israel. Iran won’t be pleased until Israel is eliminated altogether.
    Egypt’s President is the face of the Muslim Brotherhood and his election will bring anything but peace and stability to the conflict. He condemned Israel’s counter strike against Hamas terrorists, but I don’t recall him condemning the hundreds of missile strikes by Hamas on Israel.
    Ceding land for peace is only a stepping stone to Israel’s ultimate destruction (were that even possible).
    The Palestinian Arabs should be given tangible love and respect but it shouldn’t be at Israel’s expense. Israel should be given our unconditional backing as the only reliable ally in the region.
    On a completely different note Yousef; my wife and I loved your book. We listened to it in audio format in our car whenever we drove to church or other destinations. We stopped the recording regularly to discuss what you had to say and couldn’t wait to drive together so we could listen to it again.
    Thanks again Yousef

  8. I am very glad for your view of this serious situation. You know firsthand what’s going on and I believe that the American people are clueless on this problem! Thanks for sharing and keep the commentary coming! Hopefully more Americans will get read your blog! Make it a GREAT day!


  9. I purchased your book last year and really enjoyed your story. wish you the best! Keep up the great work keeping the world informed about the Palestine situation.

    Hubert E. Bullock

  10. I admire your sincerity and courage in this sea of hostility.I read your book and was looking for some reference to Gilad Shalit the kidnapped soldier.You did not speak about what was done in this matter at all.I suppose that many of the terrorists that were put in prison because you asked the Shin bet not to kill them were released in order to get Shalit out of prison.Israel could not leave a soldier/her son to die.Do you think there will be another “Mosab” doing your job especially after the release of your book?I doubt it. after all you practically sacrificed alot in order to stop the suicide attacks .How did you feel when you realised that many terrorists will be free in our streets again.What were your views at the time with regard to the negotiations with the hamas.What do you thing is to be expected in the future after this deal that Israel made with the Hamas?How do you think they feel about the release of so many of their people in exchange for just one man. Aviva,from Israel.

  11. Interesting perspective

  12. A very merry Christmas to you, Mosab! Thank you so much for all your work. People like you make the world a better place.

    Greeting from Malmö, Sweden.

  13. May the true Elohim who has manifested Himself through the flesh of Yeshua Hamashiach guide you and lead you into the right path!
    That’s all.

  14. I just finished reading your book. Really appreciate your courage to tell the truth. Will pray for your safety and faith in Christ. It’s so true that the only solution for Middle East is Jesus! God bless you!

  15. Don’t know where to comment, but there has been no posts here since 2012. Is everything ok?

  16. Dear bro
    I am an exmuslim I live in uk. Jesus walk into my room to save me. My testimony is extra ordinary. I had the previledge of jesus walking in to me.
    I was blessed to hear your testimony. God bless you and protect you I would love to meet you one day.

  17. Dear habibi Yousef, please please don’t get in involve in yoga innocently or otherwise. As a Christian, yoga is tied with eastern mysticism that is of the devil. Go on youtube to see what Dr John Macarthur ( Bible teacher) explains about it better than I could. Loved your book, May our Lord keep you save for His glory. Take care that the devil is prowling to devour whoever. In Christ.

  18. I really enjoyed the book. I have spoken to Palestinian people they called me a Kufar I didn’t get offended. I asked them personally why they fight and like you said in the book some hate me for no reason. The man was angry and blamed the west and Israel for the occupation of the land and I simplest said to him that all generations are not the same and no land belongs to one person that all belongs to God. Our children deserve to live in world without terror and to live among one another and be taught to love one another. He replied by saying try living here and see your family suffer. I am blessed to live in the USA. I never trusted Arafat he was involved in politics. Americans need to watch the leaders we elect and ensure they have the best interest of our people and not their own egos and bank accounts. This is all bible prophesy and we have to stand for what Jesus taught us love one another. Instead of hating the Palestinian man I pray for him. When I ended my conversation I told him I would pray for him. Social media is strange the man thought I was attractive and contacted me , I suppose that was God’s way of using me to witness. I love little children and no matter where they are from my heart breaks seeing them suffer

  19. I was wondering if you could or would do speaking engagements? I understand there is serious consideration for your personal safety… so maybe we could set up something over Skype. I attend a 9/12 Tea Party group who needs to hear from you or someone like you.

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